Definition: This entry gives the percent of children under five considered to be underweight. Underweight means weight-for-age is approximately 2 kg below for standard at age one, 3 kg below standard for ages two and three, and 4 kg below standard for ages four and five. This statistic is an indicator of the nutritional status of a community. Children who suffer from growth retardation as a result of poor diets and/or recurrent infections tend to have a greater risk of suffering illness and death.
Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of January 1, 2012See also: Children under the age of 5 years underweight map
5 Inspirational Health Trends That Are Happening Around The World
The Business Insider - 5/21/2014 4:44:57 PM
World Health Statistics 2014Years gained in life expectancy 1990–2012 2. Fewer children are dying In 1990, about 35,000 children under the age of five were dying every day. Over the last twenty years, childhood mortality has almost been cut in half.
Infant mortality rate India's enduring shame
Deccan Herald - 10/4/2009 11:54:24 PM
Two million children under five years of age die—one every 15 seconds—each year in India, also the highest anywhere in the world, it said ... For instance, the infant mortality rate in Orissa is 96 per 1,000 live births, while in Kerala it is only ...
A Quarter of the World’s Children Seriously Underweight
UNICEF - 5/1/2006 11:57:27 PM
NEW YORK, 2 May 2006 - More than one quarter of all children under the age ... world is still far off track. Despite progress in some countries, developing-world averages for underweight children have dropped just five percentage points in the last 15 years.
As Indian Growth Soars, Child Hunger Persists
New York Times - 3/11/2009 11:56:31 PM
In India ... in recent years, including Maharashtra and Gujarat. Here in the capital, which has the highest per-capita income in the country, 42.2 percent of children under 5 are stunted, or too short for their age, and 26 percent are underweight.
New Undernutrition Maps Will Enhance Decision Making For Nutrition Programming
WebWire - 12/1/2014 6:17:00 PM
about four out of ten children under the age of five are chronically undernourished; they are too short for their age, a condition known as stunting. The prevalence of stunting varies notably throughout the country. The stunting rate is highest in ...
India's hunger 'shame': 3,000 children die every day, despite economic growth
NBCNews World - 2/16/2012 6:48:33 AM
A government-supported survey last month said 42 percent of children under five are underweight - almost double that of sub-Saharan Africa - compared to 43 percent five years ago ... has also catapulted the country onto the world stage, boosting its ...
The amazing decline of global hunger, in one chart
Vox - 10/13/2014 3:04:34 PM
The index tracks "the percentage of the population that is undernourished, the percentage of children younger than five years of age who are underweight ... in the developing world. The Index goes from zero, which indicates a country with no undernutrition ...
Malnutrition causes 45 per cent of deaths of under-five children: Report
The Hindu - 6/6/2013 6:59:41 PM
Malnutrition is responsible for nearly 45 per cent of deaths in children under-five, according to ... and 100 million children were underweight. Over 90 per cent of these were in Asia or Africa, with Africa the only major world region where the number ...
Children worst hit in poverty-stricken India
Rediff India Abroad - 8/8/2013 11:39:53 AM
India is home to one third of the world's poor ... one in three malnourished children worldwide are found in India. It also reveals other startling truths. While 42 per cent of children under five years of age are underweight, 58 per cent of children ...
Lingering problem found in gut microbe communities of malnourished children
Washington University in Stlouis - 6/4/2014 4:49:49 PM
Severe acute malnutrition affects about 20 million children worldwide, according to the World Health Organization ... in a developing country like Bangladesh, where more than half a million children under 5 years of age suffer from severe acute ...
WHO issues guidance on emerging double threat of childhood obesity and undernutrition in low- and middle-income countries
WHO - 6/4/2013 11:55:32 PM
“While it is vital to maintain efforts to reduce undernutrition, the world needs to do much more to ... Worldwide, more than 100 million children under five years of age are underweight; 165 million are stunted i.e. have a low height for their age ...
Boost for healthcare in DRC
IRIN - 3/30/2013 11:55:04 PM
The five-year ... 1,000 children dying before they reach the age of five and 10 percent of infants underweight, DRC has one of the worst child health indicators in the world. It is one of five countries in the world in which about half of under-five ...
Bloomberg’s Obesity Claim
Fact Check - 3/29/2013 5:44:02 PM
He would be correct to say that this shift has occurred sometime in about the last 20 years. Obesity has become more of an issue around the world at the same time that progress has been made in fighting childhood underweight ... kids under the age of 5 ...
Save the Children - 12/19/2014 3:58:08 AM
The world's youngest country, South Sudan gained indepence nearly three ... before the latest influx of refugees – found in young children under the age of five: Over one in four children are underweight Nearly one in three children are stunted (short ...
Undernourishment around the world
fao.org - 9/10/2001 11:54:59 PM
Millions of people, including 6 million children under the age of five, die each year ... underweight children under five in the developing world are concentrated in countries where the prevalence of undernourishment is high. Even mild-to-moderate ...